The thing beneath the thing

Not much in our emotional lives

Is random.

Friction adds up

And doesn’t go away when you ignore it.

Like rust, it slowly builds

Into corners of resentment

Nooks of bitterness

Carving out a private lounge of victimhood.

And often it’s the external blow outs

That get all the attention-

The obviously threatening situations

That could derail your life.

But healing is more than

Putting out little fires everywhere

Or building a hedge around your insecurities.

Because trauma runs deep.

For some of us,

It may take a lifetime to truly grasp that

Underneath the problem you’re dealing with

Is the problem that you’re not.

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